Note from Edward Partridge, 3 January 1840
, Note, [, Hancock Co., IL], to [JS and , ], 3 Jan. 1840, in Nathan K. Knight, Affidavit, Hancock Co., IL, 1 Jan. 1840; handwriting of ; one page; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, Record Group 233, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC. Transcription from a digital color image obtained in 2015.In March 1840, collected all of the papers submitted to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of the church’s memorial to Congress and returned them to , Illinois. This note was presumably still with that collection of documents when subsequent church delegations resubmitted the documents with additional petitions to the federal government. Congress apparently stored this note with other documents it received in the 1840s relative to the church’s ongoing petitioning efforts. Those records were transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration sometime after its creation in 1934. Since then, the National Archives and Records Administration has had continuous custody of the document.
On 3 January 1840, wrote at the bottom of an affidavit a note relating to his support of the delegation in . The affidavit was sworn by Nathan Knight in the presence of Justice of the Peace in , Illinois, on 1 January and was mailed to in Washington to be included with hundreds of other legal documents demonstrating to Congress the extent of property losses church members sustained in . Partridge wrote the note the same day he composed a letter to JS and Higbee in which he listed his land holdings in , Missouri. Although Partridge did not address the note to a specific individual, the contents of the note and its presence on the affidavit indicate it was meant for JS and Higbee, who had requested that Partridge and other church leaders send to them as much documentation as possible of the church’s losses in Missouri. In addition to providing an update on these efforts, the note expressed a degree of uncertainty as to what type of documents would be the most useful to JS and Higbee.mailed the affidavit on which his note was inscribed from , Illinois, on 7 January along with other materials he sent to JS and . The affidavit probably arrived in by the end of the month. It was likely among the documents supporting the church’s memorial that Senator of submitted to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on 17 February.